The Gabion Matakana Cabernet Franc Merlot 2010 and 2011

The Gabion is a Bordeaux-varietal blended red from Matakana. The Gabion Vineyard is situated at Te Kie Point at the south end of Omaha on the Matakana Coast, and is owned by Mark Ching, a significant operator in the shipping industry. The vineyard site which measures just over 2 ha has 1.7 ha of vines, 69% to Cabernet Franc and 31% to Merlot. The vineyard was established in 2002 with planting to 2004 to release the first vintage in 2006. Tracy Haslam, best known for her neighbouring Ti Point vineyard and label made the wines from 2006 to 2013, with Richard Robson taking on the winemaking duties from 2014 to 2016. James Graham was appointed for the 2017 vintage, but only a rosé wine has been made in this challenging vintage. A maximum of 400 cases of wine are made annually, which finds its way to selected local and Auckland restaurants. The wines are also distributed by Dhall and Nash. Here, I review the 2010 vintage of The Gabion, named ‘Rachel’s Block’, along with the yet-to-be-released 2011 vintage (the block name still to be announced). The wines bear more than a passing resemblance to high quality Right Bank Bordeaux reds. The 2010 shows n outstanding vintage, and the 2011 shows skilful winemaking in a more difficult year. Both wines are outstanding.  For availability enquiries, Email: [email protected]


  • The Gabion ‘Rachel’s Block’ Matakana Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2010
  • The Gabion Matakana Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2011

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